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1  Re: Show me your fiber stash! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by nicolassa on: April 17, 2009 10:59:13 AM
Okay, so I finally tamed a bit of my stash!  Looks like a lot of us are putting those cubbies from Target to good use!   Cheesy

This is about 1/4 of my total stash.  I have fleeces and roving and combed top galore, squirreled away in giant Rubbermaids in my closet, too.

Yep, this is my living room.  My husband is a saint.
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2  Re: Fiber Friday 4/17/09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nicolassa on: April 17, 2009 10:18:58 AM
Oh, my gosh, I LOVE those glowy yarns, Jane Doe!!  And Cherry1123, you are a natural...what absolutely lovely first-plied yarn!

So I haven't been around in a while... Roll Eyes...too much time on Ravelry, I guess.  Here are a few of my recent yarns:

Desert Island Singles yarn from handpainted-by-me Merino/Tussah silk roving, 155 yards, thick/thin bulky.

Urania Last in my scrappy Muses series.  Hodgepodge yarn from handdyed merino, 182 yds.

May Flowers Super soft 80s merino yarn, 130 yards, thick/thin bulky.

And my favorite:

Zinger Two plies of Bluefaced Leicester, with sproings of BFL/Border Leicester cross locks in between the plies.   Cheesy
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3  Re: Making Soft, Fluffy/Fuzzy Yarn in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by nicolassa on: February 24, 2009 09:06:25 AM
If you tease the heck out of the mohair, it will fluff out into supersoft clouds!  I think you're on the right track.

Last week I spun up a yarn sandwiching mohair in between merino plies, and it is superduper sooooooft.  It doesn't look exactly like what you were looking for, but I bet if you tweak the process a bit, you can acheive the look you want. 

Apologies for posting this one again, since I posted it in the Fiber Friday thread, but here's a pic:

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4  Re: Fiber Friday 2.20.09! We love Fiber, yes we do! in Spinning: Completed Projects by nicolassa on: February 20, 2009 08:47:31 AM
Oh, WOW, pink!!!!  I can't believe this is your first Fiber Friday!  Talk about jumping in with both feet!  Your first weaving project is incredible.  I do believe you have a natural ability, my dear.   Wink

I love Fiber Friday so much!  Here are a few yarns I've finished recently...

Erato Sixth in my scrappy Muses series, named for the muse of lyric poetry, especially love and marriage songs. Kettle-dyed superfine merino, 181 yards.

Gypsy Rose Super coily yarn of merino, suri alpaca, tencel, and silver sparkle.  I plied the big chunky single with a finer coordinating merino single so that the coils don't slide around too much.   Cheesy  Only 57 yards, but ubersuperbulky.

Head in the Clouds  My second stab ever at an encasement yarn.  I spun two merino singles and while I was plying them, let teased mohair clouds get sucked in between the plies.  Can't quite remember the yardage, but if you don't count the mohair bits, the merino yarn itself is about heavy-worsted to bulky weight.   I think I ended up with something like 130 yards. 

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5  Re: Handspun Yarn Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by nicolassa on: February 05, 2009 12:38:34 PM
I've received!!  And I've finally taken pictures!!

Talk about being spoiled beyond belief!  Can I just say right now that I have the best, most attentive swap partner ever?  Thank you so much, feverdream!  Kiss

BEHOLD, the fiber goodness:

The beautiful swap package in its entirety!  TWO skeins of handspun yarn, handspun/handknit scarflette/neckwarmer, TWO mini batts in gorgeous colors (with coordinating add-ins!), diagonal scarf pattern, and bonus wee bath fizzies!

Firstly, the yarn.  Sigh of happiness.

The beautiful green skein is merino, bamboo, alpaca, angora, angelina, icicle, and mystery fiber.  It is soft as a cloud, and plied with a yellow thread.  98 yards of squishable squeezable happiness!  The lovely blue skein is merino, corriedale, bamboo, and sparkle, 32 yards.  I can't wait to try out the diagonal scarf pattern with these fantastic yarns!!

Next, the batts.  It is a freakin' miracle I haven't spun these up yet...I can't believe I managed to hold out until the pics were taken.

The gorgeous purple and black batt is merino, bamboo, and sparkle, and feverdream even included tiny clear seed beads to spin into the yarn!  The multicolored batt is chock full of sparkle and also consists of merino and bamboo, with a little bag of heart-shaped add-ins.  I love these!!

And finally, the scarflette. 

First of all, I adore the colors.  Second of all, as soon as I opened my package, I decided to give the scarflette a test drive on my bike.  I had been needing something exactly like this, something that kept my neck warm but didn't dangle down into my bike spokes.  The scarflette was perfect!!  So soft and cozy, and it kept me toasty-warm as I made my way to happy hour with some friends, who immediately noticed it and admired it.  I had to protect it because I thought a couple of them would try to run off with it.  Grin

This swap has made me so happy!!  Thank you so much, feverdream...you're the best!!

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6  Re: Fiber Friday - January 16th, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nicolassa on: January 16, 2009 02:37:35 PM
Happy Fiber Friday, everyone!  Lots of lovelies this week!  I'm especially loving Pierrot and Storm's Brewing.   Cheesy

Here are my offerings...

Frozen Blueberries  100% Humane Targhee wool from a sheep named Lucy.  290 yards, 12 wpi.

Simple As 100% undyed merino wool, superthick/thin, 85 yards

Euterpe 100% merino wool, handdyed by me, from my scrappy Muses series.  110 yards, bulky.

And that's all folks!  Hope you all have a happy spinny weekend! 
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7  Re: Fiber Friday 12-5-2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nicolassa on: December 05, 2008 09:34:32 AM
Awesome yarns, everyone, and welcome to first-time Fiber Friday posters! 

Right now I'm really loving the pepperminty yarn by Cya and the Wall o' Yarn by mullerslanefarm...and Seaweed and Chiffon and who am I kidding??  I love them all!   Cheesy

Here are mine for the week...

Ragtag  Just a little wee yarn, 58 yards, merino/bamboo/sparkle.

Cliffdiver Humane Romney lamb wool...I handpainted the roving from Homestead Wool and Gift Farm.  138 yards, 2.3 oz.

Terpsichore Fourth in my Muses series, named after the muse of song and dance.  100% handdyed merino, 120 yards, 4.3 oz, bulky.

and...I am renting my guild's Patrick Green carder...
These tasty batts:

became this yarn:

Storm's a' Comin'! Merino, silk, and opal sparkle, 160 yards.

Hooray for Fiber Friday!
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8  Re: Fiber Friday - November 21, 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nicolassa on: November 21, 2008 03:16:14 PM
Ooooh, noodleprincess, I **love** Seabright!

Lovely yarns, everyone!

I've just got one for today...

Sandstone Merino with bits of silver sparkle.  From handcarded rolags, worsted-weight, 221 yards. 

and a little closeup:
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9  Re: Fiber Friday November 14, 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nicolassa on: November 14, 2008 08:09:53 AM
Good morning and happy Fiber Friday to all!

I'm totally grooving on Sunshine in the Garden!

I've got a few colorful ones to share today...

Thalia  This is the second yarn in my scrappy Muses series, named after the muse of comedy.  It's 100% merino, 101 yards, bulky.

Clio  Third in the series, named for the muse of history.  100% merino, 187 yards, heavy worsted.

Allegro  Not in the series!   Wink  Merino, soysilk, and sparkle, from handcarded rolags.  I think there is about 170 yards in two skeins; thick/thin singles yarn.
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10  Re: Chunky yarn from drop spindle? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by nicolassa on: October 30, 2008 07:24:44 AM
You sure can! 

As you practice, your spinning will naturally get finer and finer.  This looks like a three ply yarn to me.  There are a couple of ways to achieve this "look":  (1) spin three fine singles in a neutral color, then ply all three together and handpaint/handdye after you've finished spinning the skein, (2) start with spacedyed roving and navajo-ply, which gives you a three ply yarn and keeps the colors together.  The only problem with navajo-plying is that you end up with small little knotty spots, since you're in essence using crochet to ply.  It's sort of hard to explain, but there are a lot of resources out there that show you how to navajo ply, i.e. http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/spin-navajo-ply.shtml.  Navajo plying wouldn't be the best if you are going for sock yarn, because you would end up with little knots in your sock that you might be able to feel as you walk around.

Here is a video that is pretty incredible:  it shows how to spin a single on the spindle, then immediately navajo-ply it, so when you take your yarn off the spindle, the yarn is already plied!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eunrqj97lLU

Here are a couple of yarns that I spun using the navajo-plying technique:

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